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Macquarie University attempts to break the world record for longest touch football match.

Yep. That’s right. Australian Touch Football and the Guinness World Records are going to merge on Macquarie University’s very own grounds to create a feat of extreme stamina.

What’s extra cool about this event is that the wider public is also encouraged to participate, which means you can grab your non-MQ mates (as long as they are 16 years or older) to join in. In fact, the more people the greater the chance of breaking the record. According to the Guinness World Records, 27 hours is the longest game of Touch, set in September 2010 by the Emerald Touch Association in Queensland it seems that there might be a little friendly Aussie rivalry going on here.

Organiser and Manager of Sport Development at Macquarie Phil Cantillon says, “MQU Sport wanted to develop a number of fun mass participation events that engage and bring all the Macquarie University campus and community together to share the same goal and get involved in sport and physical activity”. So you also get a chance to play a game of footy with loads of people from all walks of life, no matter your ability or skill.

This world record is seen as close to many Australian hearts. It’s undeniable that touch football has played a large role in Australian culture.  According to Touch Football Australia there are over 900,000 Aussies registered in touch football activities from school sporting events, to regional competitions. In fact, touch football and Australia are so interconnected that the Federation of International Touch (FIT) was even founded in Australia in the 1980s. Now there are over 40 member countries including France, Japan, Scotland and the United Arab Emirates involved in the organisation. Despite the sporty acronym, Australia as a nation isn’t doing so well in the fitness stakes.

From Fatness to Fitness: Could this upcoming event be a much-needed fitness revival?

Australia is ranked as one of the fattest countries in the world and the facts don’t soften the blows any further. Statistics released by Monash University state that 14 million Aussies are overweight or obese. This means that over 60 per cent of the population are facing medical problems such as premature death, diabetes and cardiovascular disease. And if we keep up our current lifestyles, by 2025 it is predicted that this will increase by a further 20 per cent. In just over ten years approximately 80 per cent of all Australian adults are predicted to be obese or overweight.

Macquarie has utilised an Australian sporting favourite to promote fitness and healthier living, it also gives people the opportunity to have fun making their mark in the world record books. As a matter of fact, Cantillon confirmed, “There will be a further 2013 mass participation event on campus in Semester 2…” With events such as Conception Day, a staple of Macquarie’s social calendar, these upcoming mass participation events could be the start of something new.

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www.mq.edu.au/touchfootyrecord

  • Single players and teams of 7 or more are welcome.
  • Applications close on Wednesday 27 March 2013.
  • 100% Free Event!
  • There will be BBQ, music and other activities you can participate in during the two-day footy fest.
  • The match starts at 10:30am, Thursday 4 April and will hopefully be kicking on until Friday 5 April.
  • We target to have at least 350 people to run this world record. But you don’t have to play for the whole 30 hours.
  • People are welcome to play in 30-minute segments in between classes or work. Or if you aren’t prepared to break a sweat you can come down to cheer the players on.

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